Our latest submission includes recommendations covering a meaningful increase to Commonwealth Rent Assistance, housing taxation reform to restore the balance, increased investment in social and affordable housing, a well-resourced housing and homelessness sector, and an enhanced coordination role for the Commonwealth.
Early in the campaign, National Shelter invited the major parties, minor parties, and C200 independent candidates to indicate how their policies or policies of their party support the National Shelter priorities.
There is a housing affordability crisis in Australia, yet there is no Commonwealth Government strategy to address the growing numbers of people experiencing housing stress and homelessness. Homeownership is on the decline, fewer households are achieving mortgage-free homes before retirement, the private rental market cannot provide affordable homes for people living on low incomes, and our social housing system is not meeting the needs of our citizens. Inadequate social security payment levels, unemployment, and a poorly targeted and insufficient Commonwealth
The 21/22 Budget was presented as “the COVID Budget” with some extraordinary measures pitched as addressing growth, jobs, infrastructure and women. It continues or extends a range of measures from previous budgets (tax cuts, programs like Home Deposit Schemes) and does provide some additional funding into housing, which, from our perspective, will tend to pump inflationary pressure without addressing our underlying supply issues.
National Shelter has analysed the published policies of the ALP, Liberal Party and Greens against its own policy platform for the federal election in May.